-4 illegal miners have been arrested by the Bosomtwe Police Command on Monday
-The Special Operation was carried out and led by the DCE for the area, Joseph Asuming
-One of the arrested illegal miners is visually-impaired
Some illegal miners in the Bosomtwe have been arrested in a special operation and joint police effort which was led by Joseph Asuming, the District Chief Executive in the area.
The operation was carried out early Monday July 10 at Beposo and Amakom, resulting in the arrest of the galamseyers.
The suspects include Kwadwo Amankwaa, 55, Yaw Opoku,45, Sofiah Salifu, 24 and Kwaku Akwaboah 22.
During the arrest, police confiscated items including water pumping machines, Champhi machine engines and other equipment used by the miners to carry out their activities.
The team for the operation comprised police from the Regional Special Weapons and Tactics Unit and Asokwa Divisional Command
Even though the government had completed a first phase of seizing some mining equipment in the fight against galamsey, some illegal miners were still in the business. The officials at the Bosomtwe District Assembly bemoaned how many hectares of land were being destroyed by the activities of the illegal miners.
The miners were believed to be using excavators to degrade unauthorized lands and it had contributed in destroying the environment. The officials also revealed that the activities of the illegal miners were frequent in Amakom, Beposo, Aduabin and other communities in spite of the ban that had been enforced by the government.
Speaking to Kumasi-based Nyhira FM, the DCE for the area, Joseph Asuming said that the activities of the illegal miners were placing lives in danger considering the devastating damage pits that were dug by the illegal miners would cause should they cave in.
According to the DCE, one of the arreseted suspects, Kwadwo Amankwaa, a 55-year old farmer is partially blind. He had quit farming to venture into illegal mining.
Mr. Kwadwo Amankwaa after the arrest admitted that he had heard of the ban on galamsey but he thought it applied to only Chinese miners involved in galamsey. He added that he made a daily income of GHc 30 out of the illegal mining.
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